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Pillar problem

Dear Editor:
Of the four corners at the intersection of Lakewood and Firestone boulevards, the corner bordering the Carl’s Jr. is a hazard for pedestrians and grossly inadequate for disabled people in wheelchairs or seniors on scooters.
It appears that for the sake of uniformity, the city chose to install concrete pillars on each corner without accessing the spacing that would exist for passerby on the corner. That corner allots less than 3 feet of sidewalk space between the pillars and the short retaining wall of the planter that surrounds the restaurant.
Granted, the pillars serve as an additional barrier between traffic and the restaurant, but given the existence of the planter’s brick retaining wall as a buffer, the threat of danger to folks traveling through this corner as they face the predicament of negotiating the narrow passage or traveling on firestone until a driveway opens up far outweighs the benefit of those pillars.
I hope the city will review the permissibility and practicality of these pillars.
Dan Chantre
Downey

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Published: October 25, 2012 – Volume 11 – Issue 28



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